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Old April 24, 2016   #16
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Perhaps we could wrap the stems in a synthetic material similar to cheese cloth? Something like the mesh used for sheetrock taping .. Over lapped enough it would probably do the trick, so long as it didn't cause any rot.. Sounds like a bit of work, and it may become problematic with future growth - unless it was a stretchable material..? Hmm lol
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Old April 24, 2016   #17
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check out Spinsoad it might work.
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Old April 24, 2016   #18
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Parafilm is stretchable but what is it that actually will deter them from working their way up? soemthing scratchy or??
Subirrigated Container gardening (RGGS) in NY, Zone 7!
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Old April 28, 2016   #19
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I trap them with a pheromone lure. In a small backyard I usually got a few per week. Later in the season I was getting 50+ per week. It greatly helped with my squash.

Then the pickleworm moth showed up and did me in.
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Old April 28, 2016   #20
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I have them here every year. The only thing that works for me is keeping them covered so the moth can't lay eggs as long as possible. By that time, the plant is large enough to sustain some damage.

My routine is to plant out, once seedlings come up I thin them out and put up my pvc hoops and tulle netting. I keep them covered until they outgrow the enclosure then spray spinosad. I also keep an eye out for eggs and handpick them as much as possible. Once you get to this stage, you will be able to tell if a borer has entered early by keeping a close watch on your leaves. If one starts to look discolored or wilty, look on the back of the stem or between the leaf veins and you will probably find the entry. I remove that leaf stem at the base and cover with dirt, then find the tiny bugger in the removed stem and squash it. The plant should be large enough by then to survive having a few leaf stems removed.

This has allowed me to have squash through early July until the pickleworm comes and then I just give up.
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Old April 29, 2016   #21
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LMinAL "This has allowed me to have squash through early July until the pickleworm comes and then I just give up."

I saw this video 4 years ago. It was the rabbit hole I fell through and started my journey with biodynamic methods.

LMinAL that video was taken in August. Look at those squash vines.

I grew up on a truck farm in North MS in the 1960s. Sharecropped several acres of squash each year. I sprayed with Seven and Malathion weekly and still lost about 10% of the fruit to Pickle worm.

If I had tried to use this on the farm my father would have beat me half to death. It's about 180 degrees out from everything I was taught growing up.

The first year I tried the teas, I didn't loose a single plant to squash vine borer and didn't loose a single fruit to pickle worm. Not one.

Some plants respond to the teas more than others. Squash really respond to them. People driving by on the road would stop and ask about them. They couldn't believe how quickly they grew and how healthy they looked. They had to be picked twice a day to keep the squash from getting too big.

No commercial fertilizer, no animal manures, no pesticides, no herbicides, no irrigation.

Just teas made from garlic powder, red pepper powder, ground sage; horsetail; Lacto bacillus inoculant; 1 TBLS molasses per gallon of tea used as a sticker; 1 TBLS Palmolive Orange dishwashing liquid per gallon of spray used as a spreader.

Simple cheap and it works. Claud
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Old April 29, 2016   #22
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will you give specifics on how to make this tea?
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Old April 29, 2016   #23
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I'm interested too. I didn't lose any squash last year to the SVB but I cut them out and reburied but now they know where a nice crop of squash will be this year.
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